Sunday Worship

I’m posting a video of the music at my church from a few weeks back.

It’s not to show how good I am or brag. Hopefully this will be an encouragement and a resource for you.

We’re an average church. I’m a very average singer and musician. I am surrounded by some very talented folks who help cover, but aren’t we all.

What I love about this video is that while the service generally went well, it still shows us warts and all. I’m flat at parts, the sound mix was 100% all the time. We made mistakes. All of the stuff that happens at Real churches all over the world every Sunday.

A couple of things I think you (and I) can take from this video.

1. Watch yourself.

We record each week and we encourage our musicians to review their work. The people have to sit through our stuff and so should we. I picked up on a couple of “chronic” issues in our band that I think we can easily fix.

2. The Organ

If you are using an electric guitar to lead the band, you need to recognize that you aren’t the “lead” or high end instrument. That role needs to now be filled by another guitarist, or strings, or a keyboard. In this case its our keyboardist. We choose to use the Organ sounds a lot because it works really well to fill in the sound and fill out the high end of the sonic spectrum.

3. Overdrive doesn’t equal energy.

Most of the set lists energy came from the drums, the keys, and the arrangement. I only used the overdrive pedal when I wanted my guitar to be more present in the mix or to have a little more punch.

For the gear nerds among us, I’m using a stock American Standard Tele into a Walrus Audio Deep Six Compressor–JHS Morning Glory OD— Caroline Guitar Co Kilobyte LoFi Delay (used on You’re Beautiful)— JHS Little Black Buffer into a Fender Princeton Reverb RI thats in a room off stage and mic’d for stage volume (no reverb or trem used).

6 thoughts on “Sunday Worship

  1. As another average singer and musician I found the video really interesting. I have read a few of your posts and appreciate your heart and instruction. I have been looking for videos of non-artist worship leaders, guys like me who give all we have even if at times it may be rough or akward.To learn how they handle seagues and pauses and learn from the way they instruct there congregations. It also gave me some ideas for transitioning from leading with acoustic to electric. I have always been a fan of raw passionate unpolished worship from hearts who love God and I enjoyed it bro. Thank you and I love the title of your blog, realworldworship.

  2. Thanks for posting this, I enjoyed it.I find videos of other worship teams like yours extremely helpful in leading my own worship team. I hope you’ll do more of these kinds of posts in the future.

    1. Hey, it Bob right? Thanks for Commenting!

      Check out my review of the JHS Moonshine. I linked to another one at the bottom, and of course you can then just go to Cornerstones main YouTube page… We post almost all of our Sunday worship sets

  3. Thanks for posting. Overall a nice set. To be honest, I wasn’t a fan of the arrangement on “Jesus Paid It All” though. I definitely like your electric tone. That combo of the Tele and the Princeton Reverb is really nice. It’s interesting to see a worship leader on electric, and no acoustic in the band line up. I’m so used to our leader on acoustic. I play electric on our team and I usually don’t have to “lead” the band with my playing. I’m typically playing the electric hooks/parts or just adding heavier rhythms for choruses, etc. I agree with your overall point about recording the set and having the band listening or watching it back. We don’t normally record, but when we do, it’s great to be able to listen and make mental notes on things you need to work on to improve your playing. It’s also a good tool for the leader to be able to figure out problem areas that the band needs to work on.

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